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African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

Mandate of the Commission

Article 45 of the Charter sets out the mandate of the Commission.

  • Promotion of human and peoples’ rights

    The Commission carries out sensitisation, public mobilisation and information dissemination through seminars, symposia, conferences and missions.

  • Protection of human and peoples’ rights

    The Commission ensures protection of human and peoples’ rights through its communication procedure, friendly settlement of disputes, state reporting (including consideration of NGOs’ shadow reports), urgent appeals and other activities of special rapporteurs and working groups and missions.

  • Interpretation of the Charter

    The Commission is mandated to interpret the provisions of the Charter upon a request by a state party, organs of the AU or individuals. No organ of the AU has referred any case of interpretation of the Charter to the Commission. However, a handful of NGOs have approached the Commission for interpretation of the various articles of the Charter. The Commission has also adopted many resolutions expounding upon the provisions of the Charter.

  • Perform any other tasks which may be entrusted to it by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government.

 


The Commission

The Information & Documentation Centre

The major goal of the Information and Documentation Centre (IDOC) of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission), is to provide appropriate, reliable, timely and efficient information services to the Commission, the Secretariat, and other users, as appropriate

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Rules of Procedure

Rules of Procedure

Rules of Procedure of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights of 2010. Adopted by the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights during its 47th ordinary session held in Banjul, The Gambia from 12 to 26 May, 2010. The detailed activities and procedures of the Commission are regulated by its Rules of Procedure. The Commission adopted its first Rules of Procedure in 1988, during its 2nd Ordinary Session held in Dakar (Senegal) from February 2 to 13, 1988. The Rules were amended revised during its 18th ordinary session held in Praia (Cape-Vert) from 2 to 11 October 1995.

With the advent of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Commission developed new Rules of Procedure. These Rules were approved by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights during its 47th ordinary session held in Banjul (The Gambia) from 12 to 26 May and entered into force on 18 August 2010.

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A guide to the African Human Rights System

A guide to the African Human Rights System

This guide, published in 2001, provides an introductory background to the African human rights system

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